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Community Drumming Circle/Global Sound Experience

Saturday, March 24 | 2:30-5:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

Tennessee Tech University’s Dr. Colin J. Hill, professor of percussion studies, and multi-instrumentalist Massood Taj of Franklin, Tenn., are partnering with Cookeville Leisure Services to offer a Community Drumming Circle and Global Sound Experience. Drumming Circle is an ancient form of group meditation that has been practiced around the globe and is believed to reduce stress, enhance relaxation and create a sense of community. It will start with a simple base beat, and participants will improvise different complimentary rhythms. A group consciousness will develop into a collective voice. Dancing is welcome. Participants should bring drums if available. For more information, call 931-520-5286.


Self Defense

Saturday, March 31 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $15

Learn the basic principles of self-defense and mental and physical preparedness for taking control of your life and safety in a friendly, self-paced learning environment with instructor Nikki Desch, who teaches ongoing classes for Leisure Services and has more than 30 years of experience. Students should dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and be prepared to take an active part in class. Class is for ages 16 and older. Register by March 26.


Alive: Health Coaching Program

To be announced | Cane Creek Recreation Center

Alive is a six-month health coaching program designed to bring wellness, balance and health to every aspect of life. Classes are Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m. – Flex; Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – Bend; Thursdays, 6:45 p.m. – Flex; Fridays, 5:30 p.m. – Bend; and every other Saturday, 1-2 p.m. – informational lecture. Participants may attend up to four fitness classes per week and increase their knowledge of how to stay healthy outside the gym by attending two educational classes a month on topics such as food, nutrition, cooking, self-esteem, leadership and the mind-body connection. Led by health coaches Lynda LaCoax and Matt Boyd, this program also includes progress assessments, day-to-day mentoring and accountability challenges. LaCoax is a certified holistic health coach, personal trainer and Bend instructor. Boyd has coached more than 100 employees from multiple businesses while also having 13 years of combined physical training experience in the Army. He also works with people who are elderly or have disabilities.




Middle Eastern Belly Dance

Saturdays, Feb. 17-Mar. 24 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Explore the gentle, fun art of belly dance in this six-week beginner-level class with instructor Travis Jarrell, who has 40 years of experience teaching a wide range of students, including non-dancers, body therapists, pregnant mothers, athletes, singers, mountain climbers, grandmas and aspiring performers. Dance with a beautiful veil and learn to play finger cymbals. Wear stretchy, comfortable clothes; everything else is provided. Register by Feb. 12.


Introduction to Traditional Karate

Saturdays, Feb. 24-Mar. 31 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

This class, the basis of several martial arts systems taught today, is oriented toward people ages 16 and older who would like an in-depth study of close quarters defensive tactics. The program emphasizes practical martial arts methods with no hold-high kicks or forms to learn. Techniques are tailored to meet each individual’s needs in a friendly, self-paced learning environment. Instructor Damon West is a 1st Degree black belt martial artist.


Beginning Photography

Thursdays, Feb. 22-March 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65

Beginning Photography covers digital camera operation, composition, subject matter and principles of image capture. Areas of artistic expression will be explored, as well as the organization of images and applications such as email, print and storage. All types of digital cameras are welcome, including Smart Phones, electronic tablets, point-and-shoot cameras and iPods. Instructor Ron Baker is a professional photographer who provides top-end photos for businesses, families, weddings and events.



Tai Chi

Tuesdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 27 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 1 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Tuesdays, March 6-April 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Thursdays, March 8-April 12 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Looking for a way to reduce stress? Consider Tai Chi. This Chinese martial art has developed into a graceful form of exercise that not only reduces stress but helps with a variety of health conditions. Tai Chi, often described as “meditation in motion,” promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Participants of all experience levels may sign up for one or both of these six-week sessions with instructor Nikki Desch, an award-winning martial artist with 35+ years of experience. Registration is required five business days prior to the class.


Chair Yoga

Mondays and Wednesdays with instructor | Fridays with video | 11 a.m. – noon | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $2 on Mondays and Wednesdays  | Free on Fridays

This yoga class is designed for participants with chronic pain and the physically challenged, who spend the majority of the class seated. The “poses” are gentle, range-of-motion movements and stretching combined with breathing exercises and meditation led by instructor Shelia Barnes.


Traditional Dance

First and third Friday each month | 6:30-8 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $1

The Cookeville Traditional Dance class meets on the first and third Friday evening of each month. The class focuses on English Country and American Contra dancing, while adding in some traditional dances from other countries as well, such as Scotland. Neither experience nor a partner is required. Fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Mev McCurdy at


Walking to Wellness

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 10-11 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

The Cane Creek Recreation Center provides log-in sheets for keeping track of walking miles. Participants may power walk indoors or outdoors.



Questions about classes and programs?  Call Mildred Garrett, programmer, at 931-520-5286.



Daily | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $3

Take fitness classes for $3 per visit, with no membership fee or contract. Offerings include Zumba, Dance2Fit, yoga, cardio sculpt, strength training, step aerobics, cycling and much more. See our monthly schedule and class descriptions at  Fitness Classes. Lunch Express classes start at 11 a.m. each week day and are divided into 30-minute sessions for $2 each or $3 for both sessions.


Questions about fitness classes?  Call Jen Webb, special programs coordinator, at 931-526-7393.


School of Dance

August through May | Cane Creek Recreation Center

The Leisure Services School of Dance offers Dance for Young Children (ages 3 through first grade) and technique classes for ages 7 through adult in the areas of classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip hop. Tuition is based on 33 instructional weeks, August through May. Learn more at School of Dance


Questions about School of Dance?  Call Chad McDonald, cultural arts superintendent, at 931-520-5296.